Creative Industries & Tech Stuff
Film & TV
The UK’s biggest cinema screen, the massive IMAX at Waterloo, is to be operated by the BFI from next month.
Creative UK has opened applications for the Simon Relph Memorial Bursary to support emerging film producers.
Give them another series, you swine! Netflix is following up Squid Game with a real-life game show version. $4.56m prize. No grisly demises. Cash back.
Ok, slow down on the sequels. Jon Snow from Game of Thrones is getting his own spinoff from HBO. Like when Joey got his own show once Friends finished. Same vibe.
London Fashion Week strutted into town last week - typically the men’s slot, but this year it was gender neutral. Here’s i-D Magazine with what you may have missed.
London-based menswear designer Nicholas Daley has won this year’s BFC/GQ Designer Fashion Fund.
Music & Radio
Beyoncé is on the cover of the latest British Vogue and editor Edward Enninful popped over to LA to chat about what’s next. Namely, her first NEW ALBUM in six years. Eeek! Ahh!
The lineup for Radio 2 Live in Leeds has been announced and, don’t worry, it won’t be a cruel summer because Bananarama are playing.
Elton John has kicked off the UK leg of his farewell tour with Norwich feeling the love tonight. The Guardian calls him a ‘human jukebox’. Thanks? I think?
Tech & Telecoms
UK tech overtook China in the first quarter of 2021 in terms of VC investment and tech job opportunities are at a 10-year high, according to Tech Nation.
The European Commission has agreed on a beefed up industry code of practice for tackling online disinformation, with signatories including Meta and TikTok.
The Arts & Humanities Research Council has announced a new £8.5m research programme to transform AI ethics and regulation.
Spotify is reducing hiring by 25% and Meta is doing similar with some of its teams. The Financial Times asks: how bad is Big Tech’s hiring freeze?
Google is set to pay $118m to settle a gender discrimination lawsuit that covers about 15,000 underpaid female employees.
UK chip designer Arm Holdings is on course to go public in New York BUT they’re reportedly set to secure a secondary listing in London.
Bitcoin has hit an 18-month low. Sell, sell, SELL, guys!
Apple may be forced to pay damages of over £750m in a lawsuit over alleged ‘throttling’ of iPhone batteries with software updates.
Sad day, guys. Internet Explorer has been retired by Microsoft after 27 years. Thank you for the memories.
Google has announced the 40 European start-ups to receive a share of its $4m Black Founders Fund with UK companies dominating.
Meta is rolling out new parental controls for Instagram and its VR platforms.
Crunchbase looks at which startup sectors are the bulls (moo) and bears (rawr) in 2022’s global VC market so far.
Amazon is to begin delivering parcels by drone for the first time in the US later this year. Oh no! U-AV forgotten my portable fan! (Haven’t done that one for a while).
Beep, boop. UK restaurant chain Bella Italia is trialling robot waiters. I’ll have the raviol-AI. (Needs work).
Look, I don’t want to alarm you, but a Google engineer thinks an AI model they’ve been developing is sentient. He’s since been suspended. Like I say, nothing to worry about.